Mission, Vision & Strategic Plan


ICIS is committed to advancing the understanding of infant learning and development across the globe through the creation, dissemination, and promotion of leading-edge science.


Our vision is a world in which politics and practices that impact infants are grounded in scientific research on infant learning and development so that all infants thrive in supportive contexts.

Strategic Plan Overview

ICIS is guided by a set of four core values that underlie our mission and frame our strategic goals:

  1. Advancing the science of infancy
  2. Ensuring diversity
  3. Disseminating findings
  4. Educating researchers and key stakeholders

We achieve our strategic goals by producing a top scientific journal Infancy whose editorial board reflects these values; organizing a premiere scientific meeting that allows for the sharing of new findings, issues, and methods around the best science in the field; leveraging the energy and expertise of our membership; and drawing on available resources and creating new ones to promote scientific rigor, transparency, and data sharing on infant learning and development.

Core Values

Advancing the science of infant development

Understanding infant learning and development is critical to science and society.  Infants represent the future, and advances in the science of infancy are vital to creating a world in which all infants thrive in supportive contexts.  We support the science of infant development by generating new knowledge and providing avenues for disseminating methodologically and theoretically rigorous science.

Inclusivity and diversity in methods, subject populations, and professionals

As an international society, diversity is central to all our endeavours.  We embrace diversity in international representation in our meetings and journals; international representation in our governing board; and broad representation in the populations we study, the methods we use, and the theoretical approaches and domains we investigate.

Effective communication of scientific findings

We endorse effective and widespread dissemination and communication of scientific findings to researchers, policymakers, parents, and other stakeholders in the development of infants through platforms that include our conference, journal, website, and social media.

Educating researchers and key stakeholders

We believe that educational opportunities for the next generation of scientists and seasoned researchers are critical for advancing the science of infant learning and development and achieving our mission.  We innovate, promote, and support the education of a diverse scientific workforce, and create collaborative research partnerships to extend the boundaries of our reach in education.

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